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Pow! (Translation) [Hardcover]

by Yan, Mo / Goldblatt, Howard (TRN)

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Mo Yan’s first new book since winning the Nobel Prize in literature last year is a comic masterpiece through 1990s rural China as it falls under the spell of capitalism. Pow! is told from the point of view of the not altogether reliable Luo Xiaotong and hinges on the transformation of his home village from a farming community to slaughterhouse village as there’s more money to be made in meat than in crops.

Farmers abandon their fields and become butchers, and meat is artificially inflated with injections of water and kept fresh with chemicals normally used to preserve the dead. In the end, the townspeople literally become sick from greed. Pow!, like the bulk of Mo Yan’s other novels, is a social and political critique of China and he has created a compelling, if grotesque bestiary of appetites and their consequences.

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Item Type English Books (Hardcover)
Publication Date 2012/12
Publisher Seagull Books (US)
ISBN 9780857420763
Size/Pages 386p


Taking you on a bizarre romp through the Chinese countryside, the author treats you to a cornucopia of cooked animal flesh - ostrich, camel, donkey, and dog, as well as the more common varieties. As the dual narratives merge into one another, each informing and illuminating the other, he probes the character and lifestyle of modern China.

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